Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history.
Anders Wiberg (1816-1887) was another key figure in the development of the Baptists in Sweden. Born outside Hudiksvall, which is about two and a half hours drive north of Stockholm, Wiberg was converted at the age of 28 in 1842.
Along with the Scottish Methodist missionary George Scott, Wiberg edited Missionstidningen (The Missions Newspaper) and he was ordained into the Swedish Lutheran Church. Wiberg’s affiliations took a dramatic turn in 1852.
Travelling to America, Wiberg stopped on his way in Copenhagen where he heard the fiery Swedish Baptist FO Nilsson preach and on the 23rd July 1852 was baptised. Baptism for adults in Sweden at that time was a criminal offence so for an ordained priest to take this step was both bold and brave. He was ordained as a Baptist minister that same year.
He served as a pastor-theologian for the emerging Swedish Baptists in the US before returning to Sweden. In Stockholm he founded a church, a seminary, a journal. He and his wife Caroline opened their home to be used as an orphanage and he was instrumental in both temperance and peace movements in Sweden.
He was tireless in his care, support and efforts for the Baptists in Sweden. By the end of the 1850s there were around 95 Baptist congregations but by his death there were 473.
See this for more on Wiberg’s legacy (Swedish)